At last you’ve got on to the property ladder. Stamp duty, legal fees and removal costs are behind you, but the expense is not quite over yet. On top of mortgage repayments you also need to furnish your new home and that can be an expensive business.
An important first step is to decide exactly what you want to achieve from any design. Being as objective as possible, consider how you will use your home. It can help to make a list of how each room will be utilised, by whom and for how long – you might be surprised. We’re all so used to the labels put on rooms that it can be hard to imagine using them in a different way” says Emile Azan of www.chameleondesignsinteriors.co.uk. 17% of the space in a typical home is largely unused, especially dining rooms and guest bedrooms. Perhaps you have a room that could be put to better use. Space is a luxury says Emile and maybe you can use the space and the furnishing to make it work on different levels. An Interior designer can help you work out the best space and flow arrangement initially and save on what could be some costly errors in the long run.
Tempting, as it is to rush out and furnish the whole house with the cheapest products on the market, don’t buy everything at once. Work out what you really need from the start and purchase a few key and essential items that you really like. Ask family and friends if you can have or borrow furniture until you are in the position to be able to afford what you like. There are also charity shops that recycle furniture. These items are in decent condition and soft furnishings come with their fire labels. They may not be to your taste but you could also consider ‘upcycling’ them. Sanding and painting old wooden items to give them a new modern feel or covering with remnant fabrics from the large stores remnant bins. Consider buying a modern throw to cover an old fashioned or faded sofa. The British Heart foundation, Sue Ryder and the Salvation Army all have dedicated furniture shops.
Look online for deals. Some retailers sell older stock on eBay and Amazon. Of course there may be delivery charges and you cannot try the item out before receiving it. Other good websites for finding cheaper but chic pieces are Made.com and Wayfair.com whilst Preloved is a useful app for sourcing second hand furniture. Keep your eye out for clearance sales and reductions in the large out of town furniture retailers and of course the national department stores.
Auctions are another good source of good quality second hand furniture. You could pick up anything from farmhouse tables and smart wardrobes to sofas and Persian rugs. Rugs, antiques and furniture rarely exceed £200, with three seater sofas going for £150 and mahogany chest of drawers selling for about £80. Original pieces form Liberty and Heals in the 1960s and 70s will often turn up at these sales along with quality Ercol pieces. Not only can these items be bought at a bargain price, but also they can also sometimes appreciate in value and add a retro statement to your design.
A good interior designer will know all the local places where you can purchase sensibly priced furniture and also guide you before you buy the permanent pieces for your new home. They will take your needs and tastes into account along with the size and feel of your property, that way you will not be wasting money on items that you realise you like but don’t fit your home or lifestyle. We at www.chameleondesignsinteriors.co.uk are aware of all the sources available both online and local Norfolk and Norwich stores and so are constantly aware of everything in all price ranges that is currently available. We can therefore direct you to places or sites you may not have considered looking.